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Today: Lt. Gov. Hosemann Answers Your Questions, Census Deadline

Send us your questions! Lt. Gov. Hosemann will join us on Zoom at 5:30 p.m. today for more REAL TALK about public education. If you haven’t had a chance to register, you can sign up for your spot here: https://bit.ly/REALTALKVirtualSeries If you registered for either of the earlier REAL TALK events, one registration takes care of …

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Rave Reviews for Education Chairs, Hosemann Up Next

Our education chairs got rave reviews for their candid answers to attendees’ questions at last week’s REAL TALK session, and we are expecting more revealing REAL TALK when Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann joins us this Thursday! If you signed up for either of the first two events, you are good to go for this Thursday. If …

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Join Education Chairs Bennett, DeBar on Zoom

Education Chairmen Rep. Richard Bennett and Sen. Dennis DeBar will join us on Zoom this Thursday, October 8, at 5:30 p.m., and they’ve agreed to answer your questions. If you haven’t yet registered, you can do that here: https://bit.ly/REALTALKVirtualSeries. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to hear straight from the legislators who have the biggest …

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Legislature Passes One More Education Bill; 2020 Session is a Wrap!

The Legislature returned to Jackson yesterday and wrapped up their work for the 2020 Legislative Session, including passage of SB 3057, which affects public schools. The bill clarifies legislative intent regarding the use of CARES Act funds to purchase licenses for wifi hot spots for students who do not have access to internet service, one …

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Candidates Headed to Runoff, Legislative Leaders Talk About Public Education

It looks like we will have runoff elections in all four Mississippi House and Senate districts that held special elections last week to replace recently-retired legislators. The election results are still unofficial (they’ve not yet been certified), but all indications are that no candidate in any of the races garnered the 50%+ needed to win outright. The …

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Save the Dates: State Leaders Dish on Public Ed Hot Topics

Three state leaders who are among the most influential in the politics of public education will join us for REAL TALK about education’s hottest topics.  House Education Chair Richard Bennett, Senate Education Chair Dennis DeBar, and Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann are on tap (virtually) to give us a rundown of the 2020 Legislative Session and …

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MDE Revises EDLA Application Due to District Concerns

Last night, the Mississippi Department of Education issued a revised application for Equity in Distance Learning Act (EDLA) reimbursements in response to school districts’ concerns about some of the requirements. MDE will host a webinar today to answer districts’ questions ahead of the September 1 application deadline. See revised application: https://www.mdek12.org/sites/default/files/Offices/MDE/OTSS/equity_in_distance_learning_act_application_8.27.2020.pdfSee revised technical assurances: https://www.mdek12.org/sites/default/files/Offices/MDE/OTSS/edla_program_technical_assurances_revised_08282020.pdf Additionally, the …

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Public Schools Finally Get Budgets – See Yours

When the Legislature overrode Gov. Reeves’ veto of public school funding, Mississippi public schools finally got their budgets. Overall, MAEP funding for this school year is $37-million less than it was last year, a 1.6% cut, and $250-million below what state law says is adequate to provide Mississippi children a quality education. Legislators worked hard …

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